Britain Insists It Would Be Proper for Russia to Sail Through the Territorial Waters of Rockall or the Falklands

Maybe it should get its wish

The British government keeps repeating that its military ship sailing within 12 nautical miles of Sevastopol was “innocent passage” and therefore permitted by conventions of the sea. It also claims that Sevastopol is part of Ukraine and that the ship was in Ukrainian, rather than Russian territory, which introduces the bizarre concept of “innocent passage” by a military (government) ship through contested waters where the ship’s owner disputes the controller’s ownership.

Surely to be “innocent” a passage can not come from a power that seeks to prejudice the ownership of the water against the coastal state. UNCLOS states:

Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. Such passage shall take place in conformity with this Convention and with other rules of international law.

What coastal state can in good order permit the passage of foreign military vessels through waters their government disputes its right to?

The equivalent would be Russia declaring it backs Ireland’s claim to Rockall or Argentina’s claim to the Falklands and then sailing its warships through their territorial waters. But since London insists that would be perfectly alright, Moscow should perhaps do it and see if Britain changes its tune afterward.

The British government keeps talking about an “international shipping lane,” but NATO ships have sailed from Odessa to Georgia before, but since 2014 only HMS Defender has done it by coming within 12 miles of Sevastopol. Because everyone else understands the spirit of UNCLOS is free passage for those who do not have designs against the coastal state —— where Britain doesn’t even recognize Russia is the coastal state in question here.

UNCLOS defines propaganda gestures as falling outside of innocent passage: “Passage of a foreign ship shall be considered to be prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State if in the territorial sea it engages in… (d) any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal State.”

You don’t get to load your ship full of reporters because you are going to sail within 12 miles of a historic fortress and key naval base of a power you are waging sanctions warfare against, and are in a military alliance against and claim innocence. You can’t plan to brag about a passage and then claim it was going to be “innocent”. “Innocent passage” is for ships concerned with getting from point A to point B, not for ships whose main mission is passing point C along the way.

Moreover, Crimea is a potential warzone with a Ukrainian-Russian skirmish already having taken place in 2018 in the Kerch Strait which ended with the capture of Ukrainian vessels and crews. Incidentally, during the Falklands War Britain declared an exclusion zone around the islands for military vessels of all nations. As has Russia for waters around Crimea (but Russia has been far more modest only declaring the exclusion zone inside Crimea’s territorial waters as opposed to half of Southern Atlantic as in Britain’s case), so what are we talking about here?

You could argue Crimea is not a warzone but when London itself says that the peninsula is under an illegal Russian military occupation that would seem to undermine the assertion there is peace.

Areas in orange are Russia’s exclusion zone declared in April
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saoirse52
saoirse52
28 days ago

Imagine if England was a real power and not an insignificant, bankrupt American poodle…it remains unbearably arrogant and insufferable, but it’s teeth were pulled a long time ago and its ability to inflict its psychopathic carnage is nil withut its bullying lord and master to back it up……and that reveals its inane stupidity, America is also a bankrupt has-been, incapable of fighting (never mind winning) a real war. Do you really think it’ll expend its energy defending England?

Helga Weber
Helga Weber
28 days ago
Reply to  saoirse52

I love this commentary, that is so true. I looked into the history around WW! and what the English did then, exactly the same thing: agitate.

Eddy
Eddy
27 days ago
Reply to  saoirse52

No ! It won’t expand anything, other than the manufacturing of replacement ships and planes for the Poms to replace the ones they lose in any confrontation with the Bear, at a price of course. L.O.L.

ken
ken
28 days ago

And if/when they actually get a war going will Britain ask the very same people its been locking down, beating, fining, and incarcerating to go fight another war their government idiots will have started!

Do they think the people are that stupid! A couple of years ago I would have said no but today….

Do you think the virus will be kind enough to allow wars like it does for the mostly peaceful riots of Antifa, BLM et all?

Will you have to show your QR code to fight? Will the unvaxxed not be allowed in the military? (except the LBTQABCDEFG)

And lastly, will you have to wear the face diaper to fight for your loving oligarchs?

Ultrafart the Brave
Ultrafart the Brave
28 days ago
Reply to  ken

“And lastly, will you have to wear the face diaper to fight for your loving oligarchs?”

Don’t forget they’ll have to maintain social distancing in their tanks, on the front lines and during hand-to-hand combat.

Eddy
Eddy
27 days ago

Are those the tanks they’ve been raving on about, being too heavy for air lifts ??? L.O.L.

PICTUREBOY34
PICTUREBOY34
25 days ago

lol

Eddy
Eddy
27 days ago
Reply to  ken

Well Ken, the Brits do not need to ask anyone to lay down their lives for their own stuff ups. All they need to do is reintroduce CONSCRIPTION, for the good of the realm of course, and everyone will willingly go into the charnel house, like they have done throughout history.

Steve Kastl
Steve Kastl
28 days ago

Boris Johnson is a dangerous mentally unstable clown.

Solowing
Solowing
27 days ago
Reply to  Steve Kastl

Same goes for the clowns that voted for him.

Eddy
Eddy
27 days ago
Reply to  Solowing

They are the very same clowns who will line up to offer their services to butcher the Russians. So they think !

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